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April 12, 2024

Ruiz secures World Games slot for the USA and sets up a triple tilt at gold at the Pan Am Championships

MEDELLIN, Colombia – Alexis Ruiz is having quite the Pan American Championships. Not only is she to feature in three gold medal matches on Saturday but her outstanding form this week has earned the USA its first slot for the 2025 World Games in Chengdu, China.

There are two individual quota slots per gender for compound at next year’s World Games. World Archery will allocate remaining individual quota slots based on the World Rankings as of April 2025. If the U.S. earns an individual quota slot based on World Ranking, the athlete(s) associated with the World Ranking will retain the individual quota slot for themselves and be named to the 2025 World Games team.

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Ruiz battled with Olivia Dean and Carson Krahe in the compound women’s team event on Friday, first pushing past Puerto Rico and then Colombia to set up a showdown with El Salvador in the gold medal match.

The 24-year-old nurse is also in the final of the compound women, against Dafne Quintero (MEX), and alongside Isaac Sullivan in the compound mixed team, with them facing Colombia.

Friday also featured elimination matches in recurve with both Casey Kaufhold and Jackson Mirich booking their place in the individual gold medal matches on Sunday.

Kaufhold is set to face top seed Alejandra Valencia of Mexico in a meeting of the top seeds. (The pair shot the same score of 668 in qualification).

Catalina GNoriega and Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez both fell at the quarterfinal stage on Friday, with GNoriega losing out to Kaufhold. Molly Nugent went out at the 1/16th round in a loss to Alma Fiorella Pueyo Lopez (ARG).

Mirich, the 2023 Pan American Games champion, defeated compatriot Jack Williams in the semifinals. Gabe Anderson lost his quarterfinal match against Matias Grande, who Mirich will meet on Sunday. Williams tackles Hugo Franco (CUB) in the bronze medal match. Brady Ellison went out at the 1/8th round, beaten by Mateus De Carvalho Almeida (BRA).

Elsewhere on Friday, the mixed team pairing of Kaufhold and Anderson lost to Argentina in the quarterfinals, the same stage that the compound men’s team of Eli Bartron, Steve Marsh and Isaac Sullivan succumbed to Guatemala, who will contest the gold medal match on Saturday.

There was another barebow medal won by the USA on Friday, with the men’s team of Marcus Cooley, Patrick Fisk and Matthew Seidemann claiming the bronze. Cooley won mixed team gold with Cindy Czako on Wednesday.

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